John Della Bosca
John Della Bosca
|Minister for Health|
8 September 2008 – 31 August 2009
|Preceded by||Reba Meagher|
|Succeeded by||Carmel Tebbutt|
|Minister for the Central Coast|
2 April 2007 – 31 August 2009
|Preceded by||Grant McBride|
|Born||18 July 1956|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)|
|Residence||Phegans Bay, New South Wales|
|Website||NSW Parliamentary Profile|
John Joseph Della Bosca (born 18 July 1956) is an Australian former politician, representing the Australian Labor Party in the New South Wales Legislative Council. From 1999 to 2009, Della Bosca served a range of ministerial portfolios, including Minister for Health and Minister for the Central Coast in the NSW State Government.
Early life and career
Della Bosca attended school at De La Salle College in Cronulla. Influenced by a visit to his school by Bob Carr, Della Bosca joined the ALP in January 1973. He rose through his branch and electorate council to take a place on the party's National Executive. Between 1976 and his election to parliament in 1999, Della Bosca worked for the labour movement full-time in various capacities, first as a researcher for Senator Kerry Sibraa. In 1979 he took on the role of National Research Officer for the Australian Transport Officers' Federation, becoming the union's State Organiser in 1981.
In 1983, Della Bosca became State Organiser for the ALP. In 1985, he was promoted to Assistant Secretary and in 1990 he attained the position of general secretary, a post he was to hold for nine years.
In 1999, Della Bosca made his much-anticipated move into parliamentary politics as a candidate for the Legislative Council. Within a month of his election, Premier Bob Carr appointed him Special Minister of State. In 2000, he was set to become the ALP's next national president, but was forced to withdraw after he criticised then ALP leader Kim Beazley's GST rollback policy in an interview in the news magazine, The Bulletin.
Della Bosca's ministerial responsibilities were expanded following the 2003 election to include Commerce, Finance, Industrial Relations, Ageing and Disability Services. He was also appointed Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. Following the 2007 election he was appointed Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for the Central Coast. On 4 September 2007 Della Bosca stated "the NSW government strives to keep (TAFE) fees as low as possible". Despite this, he announced that course fees would be increasing by 6.5 per cent to 9 per cent.
In May 2008, Della Bosca revealed his probationary driver's licence had been revoked for a period of six months following multiple speeding offences. At the time of the ban Della Bosca was in charge of the Motor Accidents Authority. Later that month, he caused further controversy by swearing at a media photographer who photographed him cycling to work.
On 13 June 2008, Della Bosca was stood down from his position as Minister for Education and Training while police investigated an alleged altercation between Della Bosca and his wife Belinda Neal, who was the Labor Member for Robertson, and staff at Iguana Joe's waterfront bar and nightclub at Gosford. The nightclub issued an apology to Della Bosca, at least parts of which were reported to have been written by Della Bosca himself. The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions subsequently found that "there is insufficient evidence to support any criminal charge against NSW law". On his return to the ministry, Della Bosca was appointed Minister for Health and Minister for the Central Coast, with his former Education portfolio passing to Verity Firth.
On 29 July 2010, Della Bosca announced that he was resigning from the New South Wales Legislative Council to become a campaign director for the National Disability and Carers Alliance (now National Disability Services), and assist in the establishment of a national disability insurance scheme.
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- Clennell, Andrew (13 May 2008). "Education minister reveals he lost licence". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
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- "Della Bosca and MP wife in scrap with restaurant". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
- "Club offers apology after NSW MP flags legal action". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
- Robins, Brian (13 June 2008). "Iguanagate: Della dumped". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 June 2008.
- Welch, Dylan (3 September 2008). "Iguana's affair: Neal and Della off the hook". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
- Watson, Rhett (1 September 2009). "John Della Bosca quits over sex scandal". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- Clennell, Andrew (1 September 2009). "Della Bosca quits after sex scandal: 'I've taken my medicine'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- "Della Bosca confirms he's quitting". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.